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Veganism & the Environment: by the Numbers

3 Primary Gasses are responsible for Global Warming:

  • Replacing a 'Regular' car for a Hybrid would reduce Carbon Dioxide Emmissions by 1 ton per year per person.
  • Replacing meat for a Vegan Diet would reduce Carbon Dioxide Emissions by 1.5 tons per year per person.
  • If every American dropped one serving of chicken per week from their diet, it would save the same amount of CO2 emissions as taking 500,000 cars of the road.

Chickens, turkeys, pigs and cows are collectively the Largest producer of Methane in the U.S.

Methane is 20 times more powerful at trapping heat in the earth's atmosphere then carbon dioxide.

  • The meat, egg, and dairy industries produce 65% of worldwide Nitrous Oxide emissions.
  • Nitrous Oxide is 300 times more powerful at trapping heat in the earth's atmosphere then carbon oxide.

1 calorie from animal protein requires 11 times as much fossil fuel as one calorie of plant protein.

The diets of meat eaters create 7 times the greehouse emissions as the diets of vegans.

A Thirsty Industry

Nearly half of all water used in the U.S. goes to raising animals for food.

  • It takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of meat Only 25 gallons for 1 pound of wheat
  • You would sAVe more water by Not-eating 1 pound of meat than you would by Not-taking shower for 6 months. 
  • A Vegan diet requires 300 gallons of water per day vs Meat-eating diet which requires 4,000 gallons per day. 

Animals raised for food create 89,000 pounds of excrement per second, none of which benefits from the water-treatment facilities human excrement does. This creates massive amounts of groundwater pollution.

Chicken, Hog and Cattle excrement has polluted 35,000 miles of rivers in 22 states.

  • Raising animals for food uses 30% of the earth's Land mass.
  • That's about the same size as Asia!
  • The moon has less area than that at 14.6 million square miles

More than 260 million acres of U.S. forest have been cleared to create cropland to grow grain to feed farmed animals.

The equivalent of 7 football fields of land are bulldozed every minute to create more room for farmed animals.

Livestock grazling is the number one cause of Plant Species becoming threatened or going extinct in the U.S.

Why is raising animals for food so INefficient?

Animals eat Large quantities of grain, soybeans, oats and corn; however, they only produce a comparatively small amount of meat, dairy products, or eggs in return.

70% of grain and cereals grown in U.S. are fed to farmed animals.

  • It requires 16 pounds of grain to produce 1 pound of meat.
  • 5 pounds of wild-caught fish to produce 1 pound of farmed fish

 

Source: CulinarySchools.org

 

 

  
 
 
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